William Harris' Dream Near-Death
7 years ago, I had emergency heart surgery because I had
contracted pericarditis, which my physician stated it was
by God's grace I was still alive!
was in recovery I had a dream. I use this word very loosely
because it was unlike any "dream" I had every experienced
before. I will not go into the full details of that experience
now, but I must say that never does a day pass that I don't
recall the experience. It changed my whole intellectual
and spiritual approach to "religion"!
I am currently a
person very much aware that this experience we call life
is only transitory. It is a place of preparation, of choices,
of opportunities to grow unlike any other place.
I found thru my
experience a "universality" that all religions
and religious beliefs are merely vain attempts to express
a simple truth. That the Golden Rule was the central Rule
in which to live our lives!
I must admit also
that it has been difficult at times to continue on with
this process called "living" after experiencing an indescribable
experience! Life here pales in comparison to what awaits
But I was told:
"It is not Your time!" ... and like a rebellious child I
rebuked this and wanted to remain in this realm of "completeness"
but found that it was an effort in vain ... and I can recall
returning to my body like a hand in a glove and bouncing
on the floor beneath my hospital bed and up back into my
As I began to slowly awaken, there
still was this wonderful feeling of love and acceptance
... and as I awoke I began to experience my five senses
in a new way, as if I had never used them before! And also,
the feeling of completeness began to fade and I began to
feel the coldness of my body, the staples in my chest, the
weakness of my body, and I began to cry, both out of gratitude
and also out of selfishness.
no fear of death now. I see each day as a gift and an opportunity.
I try very hard to live the Golden Rule, and honestly some
days I fail miserably. But the Living One is patient like
a parent would be with a child, and for this I am thankful
... because I now realize there is a universality, an inter-connectedness
to all people, things, nature, etc. A Divine Plan if you
will. So with this I will close for now, I could go on and
Kevin Williams' reply:
Bill, Thanks for sharing your experience with me. It sounds
like you certainly had an NDE while in a dream state. I
have several such NDEs on my website. Dreams, NDEs, hallucinations,
psychic visions, and even thoughts and daydreams are all
various forms of the same thing. That is, various forms
of experiences in the realm of consciousness (the Other
Side, the afterlife, etc.). We truly come from and really
belong to this realm of mind and imagination. By comparison,
this physical realm pales in existence. So, this is why
we can have deceased loved ones appear in our dreams and
why we are always connected with the realm of the mind and
imagination - our real life after bodily death.
"Day by day we are building
for eternity ... Every gentle word, every generous
thought, every unselfish deed will become a pillar
of eternal beauty in the life to come."
- Rebecca Springer, near-death experiencer
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